"This life therefore, is not godliness but the process of becoming godly, not health but getting well, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not now what we shall be, but we are on the way. The process is not yet finished, but it is actively going on. This is not the goal, but it is the right road. At present, everything does not gleam and sparkle, but everything is being cleansed." --Martin Luther

Saturday, March 7, 2009

March Prayer Letter

So, hopefully I really will be able to stay on the ball with this now! It’s on my calendar that the first weekend of the even months the newsletter needs to get done, and the first weekend of the odd months is a special prayer requests letter to our prayer partners. So here is our first one!

-Paul and Lori sold their house in Nebraska!! Keep praying that is closes on April 1st as it is suppose to. Also, you can pray that they will have their full support raised before they come in June with their church’s summer team. If so, they can stay for good; if not, they will need to go back and finish raising support.
-Praise God for the modern medicines He has allowed us to create and that Brian is over his bout with malaria.
-We have started eating some items out of the gardens! Cucumbers, potatoes mainly. The pumpkin leaves should be ready soon.
-The rains are still coming. It was a little drier than “usual” (depending on who you ask!) in February. Thankfully the rains are still coming and there is a good chance most of the maize will do well.

-There is much to do to prepare for summer teams starting in just a little over a month. Pray for balance. It will be hard not to get caught up in going 24-7 because there are other people here; but this is our life and family now, so we need to keep some semblance of order and routine.
-We have still not sold our home in Minnesota. We had renters for awhile, but it is empty again. Please pray that we can either sell or rent it out soon.
-Ditto on the van-we would like to sell that.
-We don’t keep up on the news from the US much, but the economy is going in the tank there it seems! Please pray that this won’t have an effect on our financial support. We are currently at only about 95%, so please pray that our supporters would be able to keep up their commitments.
-The students are going with Pastor Henry to his home church in Maneka next week to do three days of evangelism with the youth of Henry’s church. They are excited about doing this; but yet nervous too as it will be the first time doing something like this for many of them. They will have teaching times, show the Jesus film, and share their faith with the area kids. Pray this will be a fruitful, stretching and growing time for all of them.
-Catherine (our helper) has had to go and care for her grandmother, so has been gone for two weeks now. Pray for her during this time as she is the only one who is able to care for her right now. Pray also for us, as we miss having her around-the stress level has been a little high lately!
-we are coming to the end of the “rains”. That means seasons are changing and Brian is getting some migraines when a new front comes in.
-it also means people are between crops, waiting fir the next maize to be ready-it’s hungry season here. We’ll be writing more about that on our blog soon.

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